Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy

Center for American Progress

Posted: 3/17/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Policy

Primary domain: Research

City: Washington

Postal code: 20005

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Position Details:

Job Description:

  • Reports to: Director, Early Childhood Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Early Childhood Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time

The Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy will design and conduct original quantitative analysis using statistical software, contribute to policy analyses and policy recommendations, and craft rapid-response commentary including written reports and talking points. The position requires strong writing skills, including translating complex research into easily digestible materials. The Policy Analyst will work closely with a collegial team and engage with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct timely research to advance progressive early childhood policy priorities.


  • Build policy and research expertise on a range of early childhood topics, including child care, preschool, Head Start, and home visiting, and analyze how children and families are affected by policies on health, immigration, and the environment.
  • Author a variety of written products that meet the needs of the Early Childhood Policy team. This work may include composing rapid-response messages for immediate policy questions; writing issue briefs, columns, and op-eds; and supporting or leading longer-term reports.
  • Lead quantitative analyses using public and original datasets, including cleaning, merging, and using statistical software to produce original analyses.
  • Conduct qualitative research, including personal interviews and analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Manage projects—including developing drafts of project plans that identify timelines, roles, and responsibilities—with regular feedback and oversight from the Director of Early Childhood Policy.
  • Delegate tasks to other team members and work collaboratively to ensure adherence to project deadlines.
  • Ability to reliably meet deadlines, effectively communicate updates, and spot potential challenges to raise with the team Director.
  • Provide research support for members of the Early Childhood Policy team.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a range of key leaders outside of the organization.
  • Present American Progress’ research to a range of audiences in formal and informal settings.


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Three to four years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Commitment to racial, gender, and disability justice and economic equity, including the intersectionality of these issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings in oral and written communication and bring succinct, accessible ideas to nonexperts.
  • Collaborative team player with a willingness and curiosity to delve deeply into various early childhood education policy topics.
  • Ability to manipulate, probe, and clean datasets to ask interesting questions, create responsible analysis, and share findings clearly and convincingly.
  • Demonstrated competence using statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, or similar programs to conduct responsible data analysis.
  • Creativity and an ability to generate multiple solutions to problems.
  • Self-directed self-starter with a willingness to own high-priority tasks.
  • Ability to identify equity and opportunity gaps in datasets and build clear arguments rooted in equity principles.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Responsive to feedback with the capacity to learn quickly and continuously.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The minimum salary for this role is $56,000. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Not Specified


Less than $60k

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